CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – UNCG claimed the doubles point to start the match, but Furman took the first four singles matches and defeated the Spartans, 4-1, in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Championship at the Champions Club on Friday.
The Spartans ended the season with a 15-7 overall record, while the Paladins improved to 13-10 this year.
The match started with a doubles battle that lasted nearly an hour and a half. Furman won the first doubles match at No. 3 as Monica Arguello and Jennifer Betts came away with an 8-2 win. Lucy Dougherty and Niltooli Wilkins then tied things up with their 8-3 win at No. 2.
It was all Furman in singles though, as they won the first set in all six matches. Lauren Kline tied the team score at one as she scored a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.
Arguello, who is ranked 67th nationally in singles, handed Wilkins just her third loss of the season with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 1. Boyette followed with a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 4 to give the Paladins a 3-1 advantage.
Amanda Murray closed out the win for Furman with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5 for the 4-1 victory.
No. 3 Furman 4, No. 2 UNCG 1
1. Stephanie MacFarlane/Alex Whitehead (UNCG) def. Margaret Boyette/Katherine Oudin (FUR), 8-6
2. Lucy Dougherty/Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG) def. Lauren Kline/Amanda Murray (FUR), 8-3
3. Monica Arguello/Jennifer Betts (FUR) def. Mikayla Rogers/Devon Sutherland (UNCG), 8-2
Order of finish: (3,2,1*) *clinched doubles point
1. No. 67 Monica Arguello (FUR) def. Niltooli Wilkins (UNCG), 6-4, 6-3
2. Alex Whitehead (UNCG) vs. Katherine Oudin (FUR), 2-6, 6-4, 0-3, unfinished
3. Lauren Kline (FUR) def. Stephanie MacFarlane (UNCG), 6-4, 6-2
4. Margaret Boyette (FUR) def. Dilara Yurtkuran (UNCG), 6-2, 7-5
5. Amanda Murray (FUR) def. Lucy Dougherty (UNCG), 6-3, 6-4
6. Mikayla Rogers (UNCG) vs. Michele Stanford (FUR), 4-6, 6-3, unfinished
Order of finish: (3,1,4,5*) *clinched match
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